Pay for importers / exporters varies depending on qualifications, experience, employer and the exact role they perform.
Entry-level importers / exporters usually start on $35,000 a year.
Mid-level importers / exporters usually earn $50,000.
Senior importers / exporters may earn up to $75,000.
Importers / exporters who run their own companies can earn more than this.
Source : Trade Me Jobs, 'Salary Guide', 2018.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Importers / exporters may do some or all of the following :
identify local and overseas business opportunities
gather information on products and work out the cost of supplying them
work with local and overseas suppliers and distributors of goods
arrange the shipping of goods into and out of the country
negotiate customs, shipping and air freight of goods
develop promotional and marketing campaigns for products
keep up to date with exchange and financial market rates
communicate with government agencies such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
Skills and knowledge
Importers / exporters need to have knowledge of :
the goods they are selling
customs legislation and export procedures
international banking methods
how to negotiate with clients
budgeting, business and marketing skills.
Being able to speak other languages can be an advantage.
Importers / exporters :
usually work regular business hours, but may have to communicate with people in different time zones at other times
work in offices, but may spend time in warehouses and factories
often travel overseas to source products, attend conferences and visit markets and trade fairs.
There are no specific requirements to become an importer / exporter.
However, employers often prefer you to have a tertiary qualification, such as a diploma or degree, in shipping and logistics, commerce, or business management majoring in international business.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become an importer / exporter. However, business studies and languages are useful.
Importers / exporters need to be :
able to make good judgements
quick-thinking and able to work well under pressure
good at written and oral communication
good at time management
able to work well alone and as part of a team
able to relate to people from a range of cultures and backgrounds.
Useful experience for importers / exporters includes work in :
overseas trading or exporting
a management position.
Overseas travel and experience of different cultures is also useful.
Registration is not required for importers / exporters. However, they can become members of Export New Zealand, which provides access to advice and information on exporting.